Finally, boxing fans have a fight between two fighters in their prime to look forward to.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (30-1, 27 KO) will defend his WBA middleweight title against former WBO champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KO) at the Barclays Center in both men's adopted home of Brooklyn, New York.
Jacobs is originally from Brownsville, New York, and Quillin hails from Chicago. But both have long called BK home. That adds some extra spice to the tantalizing matchup at 160 pounds. ESPN's Brian Campbell tweeted this image of the lineal Brooklyn title that will be on the line along with the regular WBA strap:
Brian Campbell @BCampbellCBS
Lineal Brooklyn title on the line in Jacobs-Quillin on Saturday or nah? https://t.co/MSIlceiqeW2015-12-2 02:45:45
WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar will also defend his title on the card against Jonathan Oquendo.
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Live Stream: BoxNation
Last Time Out
Quillin Crushes Zerafa
In a clear mismatch, Quillin destroyed Michael Zerafa with a destructive right hand in the fifth round of their September bout. The punch knocked Zerafa cold, and he lay motionless for a time after the bout was over.
He had to be stretchered out of the arena. Thankfully, Ryan Songalia of the Ring reported Zerafa was doing fine after the scary KO.
While the level of competition was questionable, the power Quillin showed proved he still possesses the ability to end a fight in one punch. More importantly, Quillin made the 160-pound limit, which was something he failed to do in his previous bout against Andy Lee in April.
That bout ended in a draw, which is the only blemish on Quillin's professional record.
Jacobs Escapes Mora
Jacobs got all he could handle from the veteran Sergio Mora before winning the fight via TKO in the second round. Both fighters hit the canvas in Round 1 on legitimate knockdowns. The fact that Mora dropped Jacobs was particularly surprising because the Latin Snake isn't known for his punching power.
Nevertheless, moments after Jacobs put Mora on the canvas with a short right hand, the latter would deposit his overzealous opponent on the seat of his pants with a counter left hook.
The fight had the looks of a brawl, but it came to an anticlimactic ending in the second. Jacobs was again pursuing, and Mora went down from what looked like a punch and an injury to his leg. He couldn't get back to his feet, as he couldn't put weight on the leg. To the chagrin of thousands of fight fans, the referee called the bout.
The fight wasn't expected to be a tough one for Jacobs, but it was headed toward becoming a war. The Miracle Man may have dodged a bullet with this one.
Jacobs Believes His Speed Will Carry Him Past Quillin
In the interview below with FightHub, Jacobs discusses the upcoming bout with Quillin. He says his skills are superior but specifically points out his speed advantage. Take a look and a listen:
There's no doubt that Jacobs possesses a suddenness to his movement and punches that Quillin doesn't appear to have. That said, it's unclear whether the speed advantage is significant enough to play a major role in the outcome of the fight.
Also, Jacobs' sometimes faulty defense and carelessness could be his undoing against a big puncher like Quillin. Jacobs was dropped by Mora, and in his only pro loss, he was stopped by Dmitry Pirog in 2010.
Quillin Has Heard It All Before
In his interview with FightHub, Quillin responds to Jacobs' claims of superiority. According to Quillin, every fighter he's faced has claimed to be better, but none has ever conquered him:
Quillin has a right to be confident, but he must also realize Jacobs is the most talented fighter he's ever faced. Kid Chocolate will need to be more serious and dialed in than he was when he drew with Lee.
To put it plainly, that version of Quillin will not beat Jacobs.
If Jacobs stays disciplined and uses his speed to get in and out, he can win this fight by decision. Only that's not an approach that falls in line with who he is.
Jacobs is a fighter; it's in his spirit. He looks to KO opponents, as evidenced by his 87 percent KO rate. A fighter like Jacobs can't simply transform himself into a pure boxer—even if he has the skills to do so.
The first time he gets hit solidly, it will ignite the fire in him to trade. Unfortunately for Jacobs, that's not a fight he can win against Quillin. Kid Chocolate's jab will set the tone and lay the foundation for a right hand that will knock Jacobs out.
Expect a fifth- or sixth-round KO win for Quillin.
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